As a plastic surgeon, I often encounter a number of misconceptions about my practice. The most common is the assumption that plastic surgeons only perform cosmetic surgery. In reality, plastic surgery involves cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. While I tend to focus my efforts on aesthetics, I have and do perform critical reconstructive surgeries.
What is the difference between reconstructive and plastic surgeries? Are you a candidate for either?
The Rundown on Reconstructive Surgery
As defined by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, reconstructive surgery “is performed to treat structures of the body affected aesthetically or functionally by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease. It is generally done to improve function and ability, but may also be performed to achieve a more typical appearance of the affected structure.”
In other words, when it comes to reconstructive surgery, it’s important to remember that the goal is often two-fold: function and form. First, fix or restore a function; second, improve the overall form or look.
In my practice, I’ve performed reconstructive procedures to treat burns, congenital conditions and injuries following trauma, as well as surgeries to reconstruct areas affected by cancer reconstruction, along with hand surgery.
On the other hand, cosmetic surgery has one goal: enhance the aesthetics for an improved appearance.
Common Cosmetic Surgeries
With 90% of my practice devoted to aesthetic procedures, I offer many options to address my client’s cosmetic concerns. Most commonly I’m asked to perform or administer the following:
- Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
- Breast augmentation
- Dysport injections
- Facial Fillers
- Mastopexy (breast lift)
In addition, my practice specializes in procedures designed to address cosmetic concerns following significant weight loss, such as:
If you’re considering a procedure — whether reconstructive or cosmetic — give our office a call to schedule a consultation. I look forward to meeting you and delivering the results you desire.